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JUST IN: Kanyamunyu Now a Free Man After Being Released From Jail

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News going around indicate that Mathew Kanyamunyu who killed Human Rights activist Kenneth Akena in 2016 has been released from jail after serving his sentence of man-slaughter.

Kanyamunyu is said to have pulled the trigger on Akena after he scratched his car in a parking lot at Lugogo after Akena had gone to apologize to him but didn’t listen just shot him. Akena died hours later at Norvic hospital along Bombo road.


Kanyamunyu’s family would later seek the intervention of Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) and Acholi Cultural Institution to broker a reconciliation agreement between them and Akena’s family to find a closure to the case.

Dr John Baptist Odama the retiring Archbishop of Gulu Arch diocese backed by Rwot David Onen Acana II, the  paramount chief of Acholi persuaded Akena’s family who in turn opened to the negotiations. The reconcilers summoned the two families for the first meeting that was held in Gulu.

The meeting that was held under at Ker Kwaro Acholi compound, was presided over by Rwot Acana II as a chief witness. A council of six elders cross-examined Kanyamunyu as requisite step of prior to Mato Oput- a clan or family- centered reconciliation practice.

A family source privy to the negotiations revealed then that Kanyamunyu made a step by step recount of what happened between him and Akena on November 12, 2016 at Forest Shopping Mall in Lugogo before he pleaded for clemency from Ogom chiefs, Akena’s clan leaders.

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He admitted that he will make the same confession before the High Court in Kampala where he was being prosecuted to allow him to enter a plea bargain,”-a source revealed.

Kanyamunyu was a murder suspect but  when he went to Acholi and underwent Mato Oput, his crime was reduced to man-slaughter by the Director of Public Prosecutions and sentenced to five years and one month but has only served 3 years and five months upon remission and is now a free man.

The DPP also withdrew murder charges against Kanyamunyu’s wife Cynthia Munywangari when her husband was convicted way back in November 2020.

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